No Clear Presidential Candidate for French Dairy Farmers
French farmers, who typically vote to the right, voice concern over the frontrunning candidates in the current election. Many say they will vote for Nicolas Sarkozy, but say he pales in comparison to his predecessor Jacques Chirac who had a strong record of supporting farmers and farming issues at the national and international level.
"I don't think either is a very strong candidate," says Rachel. "Neither has the stature, the standing, of a Pompidou, a De Gaulle, even a Mitterrand. And their programmes aren't clear; really short on detail. We did look seriously at the other candidates, but there's always something: that idea of Marine Le Pen's and the Front National to pull France out of the EU, return to the franc, for example. Completely ridiculous; just not credible."